5 Real-Life Tips To Prepare For The Holidays - No Martha Stewart Allowed

I was strolling through Atlantic Station and noticed the tiny park area was cordoned off.  I was puzzled for a second until I looked up and (duh) saw this massive structure.Under Construction – the Christmas Tree at Atlantic StationThe big Christmas Tree is going up!  Funny that with all the trees around here, we use a big ol’ plastic one in a box, but whatever, it’s the holiday spirit and I’m excited!Then I saw this.Christmas Tree Carcass and Pumpkins – not quite as festiveThe tree branch staging area complete with pumpkins.  Talk about your mood killer.It’s that awkward time of year when things have to logistically be readied for Christmas, but we’re not quite clear of Autumn leaves, pumpkins and turkeys to start singing Jingle Bells.It’s Thanksgivmas!It’s okay though – I’m still feeling the holiday spirit. Hanukkah, Christmas, Thanksgiving, heck even a bit of leftover Halloween – whatever you got, I’m ready!  Everything always seems a little more festive and happy this time of year.  Time and people slow down a bit.  We seem to enjoy and reflect on things a bit more.But it’s also a time where some natural stress and pressures can come into play.  Family, loss & grief, finances, food and health – you get the idea.  The holidays can be a stressful time as easily as they can be a joyous one.So while things are still at a dull roar, now would be a good time to start preparing for the holidays in mind, body and soul.  Doing a little prep-work now can help you down the road when you’re covered in wrapping paper and gingerbread.Here are 5 quick things you can do to prep for the holidays:...more

The Eating Season

November is the beginning of the eating season.The consuming of a variety of delicious foods begins in full,until one is almost tempted to moderate their intake of food.This slight temptation of moderation is almost always ignored.The desire to continue to gorge oneself is followed in the spirit of good companionship and custom....more

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Veterans day & Honoring our Heroes

Tomorrow is a very special day. It is a day for taking a moment and honoring those who have or are serving our nation in the armed forces. Men and women who protect not only our freedoms, but the freedom of others around the world, any time “Uncle Sam” calls.Here I share my family's history of serving, and how my local community came out to honor veterans this week....more

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My Funniest Holiday Memory

Recently I was contacted by the lovely ladies at Patience Brewster, (she is an artist and illustrator of books, greeting cards, and a designer of Christmas ornaments and gifts) to share with my readers one of my favorite holiday memories, so sit back and enjoy this little story.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures, so I’m adding a few I found online to help you visualize my story....more

NaBloPoMo: Holidays

What's your favorite holiday memory? Mine is actually from our fourth of July celebrations. I can remember when I was a kid, getting boxes and boxes of sparklers to share with my friends. My family would usually have a cookout on the grill and wait until it was really dark before they would let the kids have the sparklers. We'd create fantastic light shows dancing around with our sparklers to mass applause of the grownups. I remember especially the sizzle of the spent sparklers as we plunged them into the water buckets. Ah, summer!...more

NaBloPoMo what?!? Joining in and Holiday Memories

I was reading one of the new blogs that I follow thanks to Helene and Tay's Blogtober14 event.  I'm kind of bummed that I didn't get to finish it out due to the fact that I'm a pansy.  But then I found out about NoBloPoMo just in time.  Blogher is hosting this for the entire month of November, and I've printed out the prompts.  I did this yesterday, and then I missed posting yesterday.  But that's okay beca...more

Four Things to Do with leftover Halloween Candy - If You Don't Have Kids

There can be too much of a good thing. My roommate and I don't have kids. But like good neighbors, we prepped well for Halloween trick-or-treaters and filled a ginormous bowl with chocolately, crunchety, jolly, and twizzlery sweet goodness....more